Excerpt: Lenovo has quite a couple of good netbooks in the 10 inch class. After the touch-screen version was tested (I wrote about it in this Lenovo S10-3t review post), it’s not time for the standard version, the Lenovo S10-3. Peter and netbooked.net got his hands on this mini laptop and put together one of his comprehensive reviews. As for the bad parts, speakers could have been a little louder, but that’s not really something you should care about.
Excerpt: Byg og Design Udformningen af IdeaPad S10 er ikke overraskende i lighed med andre netbooks vi har set i de seneste måneder, men Lenovo har formået at inkludere et par behagelige overraskelser. Det udvendige er dækket i hvidt "perle-lignende" plast med en lille blank finish. Interiøret tastatur og palmrest overflader er beklædt med mat hvid plast med rimelig holdbarhed, og kun en mindre bid af flex omkring palmrests når du trykker på en fast plads på disse overflader.
Summary: Up to the challenge? The IdeaPad S10-3t Convertible from Lenovo is a combination of netbook and tablet which could be described stylishly as a "netvertible”. The older Intel Atom N450 single core processor and a flood of tablet novelties didn’t make things easy for our tester.
Pros: Battery life, Design and processing, Extensibility, Capacitive Touch Screen, Mini-PCI Express slot, Quiet cooling system
Cons: Average speakers, Few product contents, Compact keyboard and touchpad, Interface scope
Summary: If the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t were simply a netbook, it would be a decent offering. It offers middle-of -the-road performance, a decent keyboard, and a compact, light weight case. I’d be happier with a larger touchpad and a more powerful battery, but I’d also be happier with world peace and a million bucks in my pocket. We can’t always have everything.
But the problem is that the IdeaPad S10-3t isn’t simply a netbook.
Conclusion: The IdeaPad S10-3 is so new that the manufacturer didn't even have the time to put it on their German product homepage. The S10-3 M33D6GE black is already listed in online shops, though. The price of 329 euro shows that Lenovo doesn't regard the price war as the ultima ratio. The Pine Trail 10 incher from Asus, Acer, Packard Bell or MSI cost between 249 and 299 euro. What does Lenovo bid for the higher price?
Pros: Stable case, High-end looks, Long battery life, Quiet and cool, Awesome! A glossy lid completely without greasy, ugly fingerprints. Lenovo has earned the gratitude of many agonized netbook users.
Cons: Yielding keyboard, Not AR coated, Low application performance, An AR-coated display would have made the mini to an almost perfect companion. But this way, many will likely cross out the S10-3 from the shopping list.
Summary: There’s a lot to like about the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3. It’s attractive, small, and light. And it offers decent performance and battery life (while falling far short of the
10+ hours of run time
offered by some of its competitors).
But there’s one major problem with the S10-3, and that’s the awful touchpad. If you’re a USB mouse kind of person, or if you don’t have a problem with integrated mouse buttons, then the Lenovo ideaPad S10-3 is definitely worth checking out.
Summary: The S10-3t does some things right. It's fairly light for a convertible, offers accurate touch input, and it has a comfortable keyboard. And, provided you get the 8-cell battery, you'll see 7 hours of unplugged computing time. However, this machines' sluggish performance and weak wireless range hold it back. If you want a netbook with touch capability, the S10-3t is worth considering, but this netvertible didn't quite live up to our expectations.
Conclusion: Although it's one of only two netbooks with an ExpressCard slot, and it now comes with several color options, the Lenovo IdeaPad S10 (Red) is already being outgrown and outclassed, in feature set and design, by its peers.
Pros: ExpressCard slot. Different color options. Extended 52-Wh battery is included. Featherlight. Very good battery life. Decent performer. Linux preload is nice.
Cons: 89 percent keyboard doesn't make the cut. Noisy mouse buttons. Tiny touchpad.